BIP-10306 Introductory Physics


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)ir. FJ Vergeldt
Lecturer(s)R Spruijt
M Mayar
KW Milc
CJAM Wolfs
dr. E Wientjes
ir. FJ Vergeldt
dr. AN Bader
AF Bhatti
dr. MR Serial
WMJ Franssen
Examiner(s)ir. FJ Vergeldt

Language of instruction:

NL and/or EN

Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

MAT-14803 Mathematics 1 and physics at VWO level.


The course covers miscellaneous topics of basic physics and serves as a preparation for physics-oriented courses taught at a more advanced stage. The selection of topics includes classical mechanics, physics of fluids, the kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamics and the basics of transport phenomena. The course includes traditional lectures, problem sessions and practical tutorials. The latter entail the performance of simple experiments and the study of practical examples dealing with topics covered by the course.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the selected topics on a basic level and organize their new knowledge within a logical framework;
- express, both verbally and in terms of adequate mathematics, the knowledge they have acquired;
- apply, through systematic and logical reasoning, the knowledge they have gained when solving various problems encountered in real life practice;
- properly interpreting and objectively judging the outcome;
- practice with simple experiments, analyze and discuss the collected data, and answer questions;
- apply Newton's laws of dynamics using differential and integral calculus;
- apply the work-energy theorem, the laws of conservation of energy, momentum and angular momentum;
- understand properties and flow phenomena of non-viscous and viscous fluids;
- apply the zeroth and first law of thermodynamics and the kinetic theory of ideal gases;
- apply the concepts of steady state transport of matter and heat.


- prepare and attending the lectures preceding the daily tutorials;
- learning and understanding through exercises and practical tutorials;
Practical tutorials are compulsory.


There will be two written tests with open questions: an intermediate test which weighs for 1/3, and a final test which weighs for 2/3 of the total final mark. The final mark can be assessed only after completing all practical courses. The minimum mark for a pass is 5.5.


Halliday, D.; Resnick, R.; Walker, J. (2014). Principles of physics, 10th ed. International Student Version. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. 320p. ISBN 978-1-118-23074-9.

Compulsory for: BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc2MO
BESEnvironmental SciencesBSc2MO
BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc2MO